Safety

Building safety ‘key risk’ facing social housing sector

19/10/2021

Tenant and building safety is one of the key risks facing the social housing sector in 2021 and beyond, a new report says.

Council warns of the dangers of Squid Game

19/10/2021

Central Bedfordshire Council is advising parents not to let their children watch the hit programme Squid Game after primary aged children were caught mimicking aggressive aspects of the series.

The role of safety technology in a changing workplace

03/09/2021

Naz Dossa examines the changes in working practices and how technology is playing an increasingly vital role in staff safety and security.

Council approves £6m plan to stabilise Hammersmith Bridge

19/08/2021

Hammersmith & Fulham Council has approved an innovative new £6m plan to stabilise Hammersmith Bridge at below the expected cost.

Over £1bn road investment could prevent 11,000 injuries

13/07/2021

A new study has calculated that investment packages totalling £1.4bn could prevent over 11,000 fatal and serious injuries on the roads over the next two decades.

Safer streets fund doubled after death of Sarah Everard

16/03/2021

The Government has doubled the Safer Streets fund to provide better lighting and CCTV following the death of Sarah Everard.

Liverpool to host events from April as part of pilot safety scheme

15/03/2021

Liverpool City Council will stage a number of events ahead of lockdown easing to test crowd safety.

Thousands of people evacuated after WW2 bomb detonation

01/03/2021

Residents were forced to evacuate their homes this weekend following the detonation of a World War Two bomb in Exeter.

Council fined for death of girl following playground collapse

22/01/2021

A council in London has been fined £330,000 after a five-year-old girl died when playground equipment collapsed on top of her.

Charity offers ‘up to £200,000’ to support innovative road safety technology

05/11/2020

Local authorities are now able to apply for grants to fund projects that explore how technology can reduce road offending and improve road safety.

Committee condemns ‘pie-in-the-sky’ cladding promises

16/09/2020

Thousands of people are at risk because of ‘serious shortcomings’ in the Government’s long-term response to the Grenfell Tower fire.

Are you doing enough to protect your lone workers?

18/08/2020

Naz Dossa explains why it is essential that local authorities consider the safety and psychological effects of staff working alone.

Road safety charity launches £300,000 COVID-19 fund

12/08/2020

A £300,000 fund has been opened to help local authorities respond to changing road use and emerging road safety issues as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Council fined after fatal tree branch accident

21/07/2020

Wirral Borough Council has been fined £100,000 after a pregnant woman lost her baby when a tree branch fell and hit her moving vehicle.

Beach capacity revealed following Bournemouth's major incident

03/07/2020

New analysis of beach capacity has revealed that only 78,000 people can fit onto Bournemouth beach if social distancing guidelines are followed.

Khan calls for face masks to be mandatory

19/06/2020

Mayor of London yesterday called on the Government to make the wearing of face coverings mandatory for customers in shops and other confined public spaces.

Lifeguards return to beaches in preparation for summer

17/06/2020

The UK’s beaches will see an increase in the number of lifeguards this summer as people visit the coast despite the risk of Covid-19.

Government urged to fast-track beach safety funding

15/06/2020

Council leaders have called on the Government to fast-track funding to improve beach safety as people head to the coast during the good weather.

New £50m fund to help councils open high streets safely

26/05/2020

Councils will have access to a £50m fund to help prepare for the safe reopening of high streets and other retail spaces.

Government announces ‘biggest changes to building safety in a generation’

03/04/2020

The Government has announced steps to further reform building safety, including mandatory sprinkler systems and consistent wayfinding signage in all new high-rise blocks over 11 metres tall.

Next mayor should ‘step up’ fight against rogue landlords, group says

09/03/2020

Half of London’s boroughs did not fine any landlords for letting out unsafe homes in the past year, new research reveals.

Grants offered to improve road safety

14/02/2020

A road safety organisation is offering grants to explore how technology can reduce road offending and improve road safety.

New £25m fund launched for ‘preventative approach’ to crime

27/01/2020

The Home Office is launching a new multi-million pound scheme which will see more street lights and gated alleyways rolled out across the country in order to tackle crime.

Council advises residents to ‘clean up safely’ after flash floods

20/12/2019

Cornwall Council has urged residents affected by the flash flooding in the last 24 hours to clean up safely and keep evidence of flood damage.

Leeds council set to launch inquiry into the use of fireworks

06/12/2019

A local authority has decided to hold an inquiry into the use of fireworks after receiving complaints about residents setting them off on regular occasions.

Council fined over £1m after child suffers ‘life-changing head injury'

05/12/2019

Hampshire County Council has been fined £1.4m after a child suffered a head injury caused by an unsecured street bollard.

Birmingham CC welcomes extension of injunction banning ‘street cruising’

31/10/2019

A court has agreed to extend an injunction banning street cruising from the roads of Birmingham for another three years, the city council has confirmed.

Queen's Speech 19: Whitehall to ‘implement’ new building safety standards

14/10/2019

The Government plans to ‘implement new building safety standards’ in order to prevent a repeat of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, according to the Queen’s speech.

County council’s trading standards team seizes £23m of unsafe items

21/08/2019

A trading standards team in Suffolk has seized nearly one million unsafe consumer items at the Port of Felixstowe.

Council reviews beach safety after the deaths of two teenagers

15/08/2019

A district council has committed to a review into beach safety after the deaths of two teenagers who got into difficulty while swimming.

‘Tombstoning’ youngsters risk death, council chiefs warn

05/08/2019

Local authority leaders have warned young people not to risk their lives jumping from great heights into the sea or rivers during the summer holidays.

Calls for 'two clear actions' to cut road casualties

05/07/2019

A leading safety charity has called on ministers to set safety goals for the proposed major road network (MRN) of local authority roads and for over £500m to be spent across Great Britain to improve high risk routes.

Dangerous tyres putting lives at risk, warn councils

20/05/2019

Part-worn tyres are being sold with serious safety defects, unsafe repairs and incorrect labelling, council leaders have warned.

Housing policy putting young women at risk, study warns

14/05/2019

Young women are being forced into unsafe housing due to the government’s housing benefit policy, a new study has concluded.

Welsh first minister backs 20mph speed limit

08/05/2019

The Welsh government has thrown its support behind a push to make 20mph the default speed limit for residential areas.

New housing should meet 10 safety principles, planners say

03/05/2019

Planners have called for new legislation that would help tackle concerns over poor-quality housing.

Homeless shelter closes due to safety concerns

03/05/2019

A homeless centre in Shrewsbury has been temporarily closed down after safety concerns about the building were brought to Shropshire Council’s attention.

Councils call for extra funding to stop UK being flooded with unsafe products

15/04/2019

Council leaders have warned new national bodies are not the best way to protect the UK from unsafe products.

Whitehall launches consultation on taxi licensing

12/02/2019

Local authorities could soon be required to ensure that every prospective taxi driver undergoes enhanced criminal record and background checks.

Council fined after labourer ‘trapped’ under falling roofing material

17/01/2019

A council has been fined nearly £30,000 after a pack of roof trusses fell on a labourer who was working for the local authority.

Council issues smaller recycling boxes to prevent ‘bad backs’

10/01/2019

A Cumbrian council has decided to reduce the size of its recycling boxes in order to protect its staff from damaging their backs.

Council chiefs warn of dangerous ‘must-have’ toys

24/12/2018

Local government leaders are warning Christmas shoppers to avoid potentially dangerous and fake ‘must-have’ toys.

Brokenshire announces ‘stronger’ regulatory framework to improve building safety

19/12/2018

Council leaders have welcomed moves to tighten up building safety standards – but say it should be backed by regulation rather than relying on good will.

Cornwall to improve protection for consumers using short-term lets

29/11/2018

Cornwall Council has set up a Primary Authority partnership in order to provide protection to consumers using short-term letting accommodation.

Govt report says 20mph zones may not reduce casualty rates

28/11/2018

An evaluation of 20mph limit schemes has failed to find evidence of a significant short-term impact on safety but said they could provide other benefits.

Councils call for ban on 'car clocking'

19/11/2018

Local government leaders have called for devices which alter a cars mileage to be banned.

Council prosecuted over Legionella case

08/11/2018

Tendring District Council has confirmed it is being prosecuted for failing to manage the risk of Legionella at its leisure centre sites.

Whitehall to review health and safety standards in rental sector

29/10/2018

The Government has announced plans to review the current health and safety standards for rental accommodation.

London bus safety regulations ‘do not go far enough’

17/10/2018

New regulations governing bus safety in London ‘do not go far enough’, according to the London Assembly’s transport committee.

Dementia sufferers told to leave care home over safety concerns

15/08/2018

Doncaster Council was forced to tell 27 residents to leave their privately run care home over concerns for their safety.

Campaigners criticise dangerous cycling offence proposals

13/08/2018

Cycling advocates have accused the Government of ‘tinkering around the edges’ with a proposal to introduce a death by dangerous cycling offence.

Council defends ban on trampolines

10/08/2018

Oxford City Council has banned the use of paddling pools and trampolines in communal gardens due to health and safety concerns.

Campaigners warn of prioritising capacity over safety on roads

12/07/2018

Road safety campaigners have warned the Government should not put capacity over safety after figures revealed lorry traffic on motorways has increased 15% in five years.

Council trials mobile phone detection technology

10/07/2018

Norfolk County Council has become the first local authority to trial mobile phone detection technology in order to improve road safety.

Council to ban bouncy castles after deaths

05/07/2018

Havant Borough Council has banned the use of bouncy castles on its land after an explosion killed a three-year-old girl in Norfolk.

Calls to protect social workers from 'escalating violence'

06/06/2018

Social workers should receive the same legal protection from violence as emergency workers, according to sector bodies.

Two Portsmouth tower blocks not ‘as strong as expected’

05/06/2018

The council have told residents in two Portsmouth tower blocks they will have to move out due to safety concerns.

Roadworker dies on Surrey roundabout scheme

05/06/2018

A worker has died on site at a council road improvement scheme in Surrey, after apparently being hit by plant machinery.

London council secures £1.6m fine against Tesco over safety failings

11/05/2018

Tesco has been fined £1.6m for health and safety failures following a successful prosecution by Ealing Council.

Council taking action against landlord after ‘unexplained’ deaths

10/04/2018

Harrow Council is taking action against the owner of a house where two men were found dead and five others were hospitalised after a possible carbon monoxide leak.

Council demands answers over school repairs

09/04/2018

The body responsible for building and maintaining 17 schools in Edinburgh has been criticised by the council for failing to carry out repair work.

Auditors tell councils to ‘learn lessons’ from school wall collapse

04/04/2018

Auditors have called on councils in Scotland to ‘learn lessons’ from the collapse of a school wall in Edinburgh.

Court rules councils cannot use selective licensing to impose safety standards

22/02/2018

The Court of Appeal has today ruled councils cannot use selective licensing conditions to impose new standards on private rented homes.

Bristol's 20mph speed limits have saved four lives, study finds

14/02/2018

The introduction of 20mph speed limits in Bristol have managed to save four lives and avoid eleven serious injuries, according to a new study.

Taxi licences granted to drivers with criminal convictions, campaigners warn

30/01/2018

Taxi and private hire vehicle licences are being granted to drivers with criminal convictions because there are no national minimum standards to enforce sufficient safety checks, campaigners say.

Local authority leaders welcome new consumer safety body

22/01/2018

Council chiefs have welcomed the launch of a new national oversight body focused on identifying faulty products and protecting consumers.

Council to be prosecuted for pupil’s death in bus accident

19/01/2018

A council is facing prosecution after a pupil at a local school was killed by a minibus on the school grounds.

New measures to tackle the dangerous use of lasers announced

08/01/2018

The Government today announced a raft of new measures designed to crack down on the use of high-powered lasers.

Council welcomes report into Croydon tram crash

12/12/2017

The leader of Croydon Council has welcomed the official report on the tram crash in the borough last November and said its recommendations should be put in place as soon as possible.

Workplace accidents and poor health costing economy nearly £15bn a year

02/11/2017

Work related injuries and ill-health is costing the economy £14.9bn a year, according to the latest figures published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Mental health cuts leaving carers vulnerable to violence, survey reveals

09/10/2017

Cuts to mental health services are leaving carers vulnerable to violence from patients and are exacerbating the staff retention crisis, public sector union warns.

Councils warned not to contract out safety of new buildings

03/10/2017

Local authorities have been warned they must not ‘contract out’ the safety of new public buildings in a new report from MSPs.

Public believes housing inspections should be in hands of council, survey reveals

25/09/2017

The majority of the public believes housing safety inspections should be in the hands of local councils, survey reveals.

Lib Dems call for safety to be ‘at forefront' of building regulations after Grenfell

18/09/2017

Safety must be put at the forefront of new building regulations in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the Liberal Democrats have demanded.

Five more functions handed back to Rotherham

13/09/2017

More powers have been handed back to Rotherham Council following a report showing it has made further progress in the aftermath of the city's child abuse scandal.

Parents who drive kids to school gate could face £130 fine under new council scheme

06/09/2017

Parents who drive their children to the school gates could face fines of up to £130 under a new scheme launched by Croydon Council.

Council fined £10,000 for health and safety failings

30/08/2017

A Scottish council has been fined £10,000 for health and safety failings after a worker sustained serious injuries falling off a ladder.

Asbestos in schools – removal or reassurance monitoring?

22/08/2017

Charles Pickles explains how modern air monitoring and analytical techniques can measure the risk caused by asbestos in schools.

Council forced to cut gas supply to tower blocks over safety concerns

11/08/2017

A London borough has been forced to cut off the gas supply to tower blocks after an investigation revealed safety works had not been carried out in the past.

BT and See.Sense light the way for safe cycling in Manchester

09/08/2017

BT has announced the launch of a new project with See.Sense to provide sensor-enabled and connected bike lights to up to 180 cyclists across Manchester as part of CityVerve, the UK’s smart city demonstrator.

Guide Dogs calls for dangerous street designs to be halted

01/08/2017

The charity Guide Dogs has called on the Government to end dangerous street schemes, which it claims are making some town centres ‘no-go zones’.

Councils warned about danger of overgrown verges

21/07/2017

Councils have been urged not to reduce the number of times verges are trimmed, after a new poll found two-fifths of drivers reported problems with overgrown foliage on local roads.

Product safety system is ‘putting lives at risk’ warns watchdog

19/07/2017

The UK’s product safety and recall system is not fit for purpose and lacks national oversight, a new report has warned today.

Rotherham set to be handed back five powers

19/07/2017

A further five powers are due to be returned to Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council following improvements by the council.

Teach children about cold water shock, council chiefs say

17/07/2017

Swimming and classroom lessons should teach children about the dangers of cold water shock, council chiefs say.

Former minister attacks Gov’s ‘fatal obsession’ with de-regulation

14/07/2017

A former minister at the department for communities and local government has castigated the Government for its ‘fatal obsession’ with de-regulation claiming this created the context for the Grenfell tragedy.

The importance of standards

10/07/2017

Tom Morton calls for more rigorous standards to apply to alarm receiving centres (ARCs) in care services.

Council criticised after workers exposed to asbestos

31/05/2017

The GMB union has called for an overhaul of Fife Council’s health and safety policies after workers were exposed to asbestos.

Council fined after apprentice loses finger in lawnmower accident

31/05/2017

Nottingham City Council has been fined after an apprentice suffered serious hand injuries when trying to unblock a lawnmower.

City leaders must make school walking routes ‘safer’, charity says

17/05/2017

A charity has called on city leaders to prioritise making school walking routes safer as parents claim their cities are ‘too unsafe’ for children to walk to school in.

Council fined £1m after disabled man ‘crushed’ by tractor

25/04/2017

Nottinghamshire County Council has been fined £1m after a disabled member of the public was crushed by a tractor.

Council to scrap roll-out of 20mph limits

09/03/2017

The roll-out of 20mph zones in Manchester is being reconsidered after analysis found they were not reducing the number of accidents or driver speed as quickly as hoped.

More than half of councils equip staff with body cameras

28/02/2017

Local authorities have spent nearly £1.8m equipping staff or contractors with body cameras, according to new report from campaign group Big Brother watch.

White goods should have fire-proof markings, councils say

23/02/2017

Councils have warned that all white goods should have fire-proof markings on them in the wake of the Whirlpool tumble dryers scandal.

Architects warn hundreds of public buildings could be unsafe

15/02/2017

Hundreds of public buildings constructed since 2000 could be unsafe so need urgent safety checks, architects have warned.

Lorry drivers should be ‘compelled’ to use specialist sat navs

30/01/2017

All lorry drivers who use sat navs should be ‘compelled’ to purchase specialist, commercial models, say council chiefs.

New lollipop sign invention has ‘potential to save lives’

11/01/2017

An inventor in Durham has developed the first upgrade to the school crossing patrol sign in five decades and he believes it has the ‘potential to save lives in the future.’

Grey fleet checks: a no go area for councils?

06/12/2016

Richard Brown explains why grey fleets should be better managed by local authorities.

Skyscaper owner to compensate Leeds Council over wind damage costs

02/12/2016

Leeds City Council is to receive £903,000 in compensation for wind danger caused by Yorkshire’s tallest skyscraper, Bridgewater Place.

Council fined £250,000 over vibration white finger case

21/11/2016

A Kent council has been fined £250,000 after it failed to protect a worker from hard arm vibration (HAV).

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